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St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

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Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, in the U. S. state of Montana.Located on the east side of the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its north shore. At an altitude of 4484ft, Saint Mary Lake's waters are colder and lie almost 1500ft higher in altitude than Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, which is located on the west side of the Continental Divide. Here, the great plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin in an abrupt altitude change, with Little Chief Mountain posing a formidable southern flank above the west end of the lake.The lake is long and deep with a surface area of 3923acre. The waters of the lake rarely rise above 50°F and are home to various species of trout. During the winter, the lake is often completely frozen over with ice up to thick.The opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake.
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  • St. Mary lake was an incredible experience!! We took Going - to - the - Sun road all the way from Lake Macdonald to the opposite and entrance and it was unlike anything we have ever experienced and St...  more »
  • Surely one of the most spectacular scenes in America. It is hard not to exaggerate. I didn't need a second picture--it was impossible to go wrong. The eastern segment of Going-to-the-Sun Road parallel...  more »
  • The Lake is absolutely beautiful and with wild goose Iceland a great photo opportunity. Unfortunately, there are no hiking trails
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